Palm brings two new handsets to UK

Palm has announced that two new phones – the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus – will be available in the UK from 28 May on the O2 network.

Palm brings two new handsets to UK

The new phones are the first handsets to be announced by Palm since it was taken over by HP at the end of last month, although there’s little sign of the new parent company’s involvement as yet.

The Pre Plus is the successor to the much hyped but ultimately disappointing Palm Pre, which failed to turn around the company’s fortunes last year. It features a slider Qwerty keyboard and a 3.1in touchscreen with 320 x 480 resolution.

Palm has upgraded storage on the handset from 8GB to 16GB and the company says the Pre Plus is aimed at professionals, who need the multi-tasking facilities offered by the company’s WebOS.

The slimmer Pixi Plus is touted as a device for first-time smartphone buyers. The smaller handset has a 2.63in touchscreen with 320 x 400 resolution, and has half the storage of its chunkier brother.

There is however a full Qwerty keyboard and both new handsets feature built-in GPS.

Both handsets will be available for free on contracts starting at £30 for the Pixi Plus and £35 for the Pre Plus. This includes “unlimited data and Wi-Fi”, but this is subject to a fair use policy.

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